Post updated on 02 May 2022
2020 was a year in which our lives changed a lot to our lives and our experiences.
I won’t analyse the whole situation, but as this is a travel blog, I think I have an obligation to update you about the situation in Greece regarding coronavirus and what measures Greece has taken regarding tourism.
I am going to update this post as often as possible and I am also going to answer your questions, so feel free to ask me in the comments and I will add the information to the post.
I will try to use official information and I will put sources as this is a very important subject.
In this post, you will find
- What is the situation right now with the coronavirus cases?
- What do you need to know before travelling to Greece?
- What are the local measures now?
- What are the vaccination metrics in Greece as of today?
What is the situation right now with the coronavirus cases?
As of 01 May 2022, Greece reports 3.328.623 cases and 29.175 deaths. More information about the daily statistic you can find on the Worldometer website here.
On 02/05/2022, 4.701 new coronavirus cases were announced and 22 new deaths.
What should I know before travelling to Greece?
Entry rules in response to coronavirus (COVID-19)
All passengers arriving in our country from any destination abroad do not need to fill in the online PLF form before arrival in Greece.
All travelers to Greece will be able to enter the country without presenting a digital covid certificate which indicates whether someone has been vaccinated against Covid-19, a recovery certificate or a negative test.
Source: UK Government
What are the local measures now?
Wearing a mask
The Greek government has announced that it is still mandatory to wear masks (either double surgical masks or N95 masks) in all indoor public spaces, in all areas of Greece.
Public spaces and services
All restrictions remain under regular review. In Regional Units (περιφερειακές ενότητες) where the spread of COVID-19 is particularly high and hospital capacity is limited, restrictions may be tighter or re-imposed with limited notice. Check the latest local guidance and follow the advice of local authorities.
Only the most relevant measures to travellers are included below. You should keep up-to-date by checking this page regularly and following local announcements.
As restrictions may vary, you should check the latest local guidance.
- From 1 May, proof of vaccination is not required anymore to enter public spaces such as shops, restaurants (indoor and outdoor) and museums.
- You must use a facemask in all indoor public and communal spaces. In certain areas, such as in supermarkets and pharmacies, and on public transport, you will be required to wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical), or an N95/FFP2 mask.
Travel in Greece
Travel within Greece between Regional Units is permitted subject to adherence to public health measures as outlined above. You can wear either double masks (at least one of which should be surgical) or an N95/FFP2 mask at all times on all public transport.
If you are travelling by internal (domestic) flights, specific measures relating to check-in, baggage allowances and other details may be in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus. You should check with your operator directly for further detail.
All hotels are permitted to open, and other types of accommodation, including e.g. Airbnb, private rentals and hostels, are also available. You should check directly with your accommodation provider in case of related concerns.
Healthcare in Greece
If you think you have symptoms, including fever or respiratory difficulties such as shortness of breath or a cough, you should avoid visiting local health facilities, but contact a doctor remotely to see whether a test is recommended. There is likely to be a cost associated with this, for call out, examination and testing, which you will have to pay.
If you are staying in a hotel or resort, your accommodation provider will have a list of private doctors that they will call to assess your symptoms and conduct a COVID-19 test.
If you have arranged your own accommodation you can find details of English speaking, private doctors on our list of healthcare providers.
If you are tested and the result is positive, the Greek authorities will ask you to quarantine until advised otherwise. You may be able to remain in your existing accommodation or be required to transfer into a state hospital or other government-provided accommodation. Costs related to transfer to alternative accommodation and treatment at state healthcare facilities will be covered by the Greek Government. The nature of your accommodation may differ from the specifications of your pre-booked hotel, villa or other places of stay. Depending on local arrangements, travellers in groups may be required to stay in separate accommodation (e.g. if a sufficient number of rooms is not available in one venue, your group may be spread across different accommodation locations).
Source: UK Government
What are the vaccination metrics in Greece as of today?
- 7.911.039 Vaccinated with at least one dose (73,8%)
- 7.617.200 2 doses vaccinated (71,1%)
- 5.816.488 booster vaccinated (55,2%)
If you have any specific question, please leave me a comment and I will reply as soon as possible.